Wood conducts power performance tests in South Plains Windfarm

20 February 2018 (Last Updated February 20th, 2018 11:10)

US-based renewable energy company TerraForm Power has selected Scottish engineering and technical services provider Wood to carry out power performance testing (PPT) at South Plains I Windfarm near Lockney, Texas.

US-based renewable energy company TerraForm Power has selected Scottish engineering and technical services provider Wood to carry out power performance testing (PPT) at South Plains I Windfarm near Lockney, Texas.

The 200MW farm includes 100 Vestas V100 wind turbine generators (WTG) that are capable of generating enough energy to power approximately 60,000 households in the region.

“By using PPT, we can compare the actual power curve for a wind turbine to the warranted power curve provided by the wind turbine manufacturer to identify and correct any sources of underperformance.”

As part of the project, Wood’s engineers and consultants designed and installed calibrated power performance monitoring systems in the six WTGs.

The firm also analysed data from the WTGs and met masts to evaluate their performance.

Wood Specialist Technical Solutions CEO Bob MacDonald said: “Windfarm owners should have complete confidence in the performance of their wind turbine assets and we are happy to have provided TerraForm with this reassurance.

“By using PPT, we can compare the actual power curve for a wind turbine to the warranted power curve provided by the wind turbine manufacturer to identify and correct any sources of underperformance.”